Case Studies

A Glimpse into the Home of the Future

How will we live in 2040? Visitors at the Sydney Property Buyer Expo were treated to a futuristic concept.

 The bedroom of the future with transparent screens, digital walls and smart wardrobes. Photo Credit: NSSTUDIO.

The bedroom of the future with transparent screens, digital walls and smart wardrobes. Photo Credit: NSSTUDIO.

The Sydney Property Buyer Expo wanted to create an innovative display to showcase a Home of the Future Concept about how we'll live in the future.

Cruiser Interactive teamed up with NSSTUDIO to create an interactive exhibit showcasing a vision of the future where smart homes are taken to the next level,  connecting everything from beds and wardrobes to the home's energy consumption and the moods of its inhabitants. 

The exhibit made use of a large multi-touch screen for visitors to explore, where tapping on a room in the home triggered visuals and narration on a large projection linked to the touch table. The Cruiser Explore platform was used to showcase the futuristic images and tell a story as visitors explored the different rooms of the home. 

 Sky News Real Estate covering the Home of the Future exhibit.

Sky News Real Estate covering the Home of the Future exhibit.

The exhibit provided an engaging showcase to property buyers and investors and was featured live on Sky News Real Estate and Channel 7 Sunrise as a key promotional activity of Mayhem Corporation (the organisers of the Property Buyer Expo).

Watch a snippet of the Sky News Real Estate coverage below, showing the exhibit in action:

You can read more about the home in coverage by the Daily Mail or news.com.au.

Cruiser partners with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to transform information sharing

When bushfires are threatening to get out of control and are threatening lives and property, every second counts.

It’s crucial to have an overview of the situation to make the right decisions quickly. To be able to do this, command centres face two main challenges: 

Firstly, not getting lost in the huge amount of information reaching the center from multiple sources. Secondly, being able to convey decisions in a timely and consistent manner to both local and remote teams. Cruiser Interactive addressed those problems and revolutionised information sharing for QFES.

Cruiser software was installed in the State Disaster Coordination Centre and has provided a large visual workspace on a Touch Table. One where multiple collaborators can work on documents and web sites at the same time. Collaboration is now more effective as it provides an easier and faster means to share information between decision makers in multiple locations. Information captured in the field can now be easily accessed via the Touch Table in the coordination centre. 

Similarly, decisions and briefings are remotely conveyed to people by just flicking content to their device for review, allowing multiple users to easily collaborate whether they are in the room or not. Annotating the documents prior to sharing is simply done on the table and is a key part of the sharing process, highlighting what different teams need to look at, or just adding more up to date information.

As a command and control tool, emergency situations and the collected information is now quickly transferred to remote locations for crews to act on, or can be displayed on any screen in the command centre.

Another advantage for QFES is that the software can be customised to suit particular workflows and visual requirements – opening many possibilities further down the track for feeding in data from other sources. 

The Cruiser Table is now an integral part of the QFES State Disaster Coordination Centre.

What a video of the SDCC operations below:

Coordinating Emergency Response using Cruiser

In an unfolding emergency, the need for fast and fluid access to information, as well as instantaneous dissemination of decisions with that information, is key to successful response and situational awareness. Every second counts when reviewing key information and communicating decisions consistently to local and remote teams. 

Queensland Government Air (QG Air) recently launched a new Operations Centre. In doing so, they embarked on a process to look at emerging technologies and the role these will play in their operations.

Peter Heath, former Director of Network Management and Aviation Tasking at QG Air, highlights that “one of the major challenges we deal with is getting both timely and accurate information to the operating crew. In the old days we would operate on a fax system, or we would use telephone calls to do a search and rescue briefing, taking half an hour and involving only one person on the phone.”

With the continuing importance of reviewing information from a range of sources, including social media and live video feeds for situational awareness, large interactive screens have the potential to provide an engaging and immersive environment for reviewing this content in a highly interactive manner. Video conferencing has also become a simple and reliable means for communicating with remote bases. This prompted QG Air to look at touch screen collaboration software as a way to speed up the coordination of information across their remote bases.

The resulting operations centre is a showcase for how the latest collaboration technologies can be used for emergency response. The centrepiece of the room is a large, high-resolution interactive touch table, running the Cruiser software, networked to the other QG Air bases as well as a series of wall-mounted displays showing ambient information relevant to the operations centre. 

“The combination of the Cruiser technology and video conferencing allows us to talk to the remote crews and while giving detailed information on the brief, annotating on maps and other important pieces of information.  It provides a more focused brief, in the fastest possible time,” says Mr Heath.

With the flick of a finger, Cruiser enables QG Air staff to move information from personal devices such as tablets and phones to the touch table, surrounding touch whiteboards and a video wall, so that detailed tasking information is provided to helicopter crews more efficiently and the monitoring of crews is improved.  

Dr Anthony Collins, Chief Executive of Cruiser Interactive, says “the QG Air operations centre is a perfect match for the Cruiser technology to speed up the briefing process with remote aircrews. One of the main benefits of the software is that it can be tailored to particular workflows and visualisation requirements – opening many possibilities further down the track for feeding in data from other sources.”

“It’s about improving the integration between what’s happening on the aircraft that’s doing the task, and what’s happening back in the operations centre,” says Mr Heath. “Our next step will involve live video feeds back from the aircraft while in-flight. We already have satellite tracking which is used through the Cruiser table and the video wall. Once we get the live feed back from the aircraft when the crew are able to do it, that will give us a much better idea of what’s going on – particularly for a search and rescue operation.”

A demonstration of how QG Air are using the Cruiser technology will be presented at The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, held at Jupiters Gold Coast on the 4th-5th May 2015 - visit anzdmc.com.au for registration.